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Mail Tribune 100, April 26, 1921

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

April 26, 1921


Much interest is being manifested both here and in Jacksonville in the trial tomorrow of “Dud” Wolgamott, the Medford man who was arrested at the public dance at Jacksonville last Friday night by Deputy Sheriff J. J. McMahon on the charge of intoxication.

The trial begins in Justice Taylor’s court at 10 a.m. Wednesday and will be before a jury, as the accused man through his attorney, G. M. Roberts, entered a plea of not guilty Monday morning and demanded a jury trial. It is anticipated that both the prosecution and defense will present many witnesses. Either County Prosecutor Rawles Moore or Assistant Prosecutor George Codding will represent the prosecution.

Deputy McMahon declares that the statement in the Mail Tribune’s account of Wolgmott’s arrest that he knocked Wolgamott down after the latter had made a pass at him, is erroneous “When Wolgamott struck at me after I placed him under arrest I simply jerked him around off his feet and his head struck the wall at the head of the dance hall stairs,” says McMahon.


Medford and Rogue River Valley people are surely sweet or should be, as it is estimated they consume more than a ton of candy every day, a very small amount of which is made in Medford and the Rogue river valley. If this was all made at home it would mean $20,000 or $25,000 more to the valley each month, which would be another big revenue.

Get in the habit of buying the home sweets, they are better and fresher and the firms here making candy are entitled to the support of the people.


The lure of the circus has reached several of the California motion picture studios, and in the cast of “Alice in Jungleland,” which is featured with the Al G. Barnes circus which comes to Medford on Wednesday, May 4, will be seen a group of young women whose faces are familiar to screen followers.

Miss Mildred Kerr was the first of the studio folk to seek employment with the Barnes circus, and she found the work of rehearsals so congenial that her enthusiasm spread among her friends and as a result the “fairy number” in the spectacles is made up exclusively of young women who have been earning their livelihood in the pictures.

No difficulty would have been experienced in obtaining the contracts of twice as many more young women, as the winter quarters were besieged with applicants just before the show started on tour, but as there were not accommodations for any more, the late comers were disappointed.

While the general conception is that circus life is difficult, the performers do not find it so. The new feminine recruits will ride in the parade, do their parts in the spectacle, ride menagerie horses, enjoy three well-cooked meals in the open, sleep comfortable at night in perfectly appointed Pullmans, and see a lot of the country. In addition, they receive much better salaries than are paid by stage attractions for chorus girls.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com